The series finale between the Cubs and the Texas Rangers ends today with John Lackey seeking his eighth win against the strong Cole Hamels looking to grab win number 10. Hamels would strikeout the first six batters. Cole gives puts the first batter on due to a fielding error by Adrian Beltre with Albert Almora taking first base. With two outs, Javier Baez sends a line drive to left field allowing Almora to cross home for the Cubs first run of the game.
The Rangers were quick to end first inning but Lackey gives up back to back singles to start the second off to Pronce Fileser and Ryan Rua. With one out, Elvis Andrus drives in Prince with a line drive to center field. Robinson Chirinos sends a fly ball to Almora but it’s far enough to bring Rua in for the second run for the Rangers.
The Rangers are up 2-1, going into the 4th and Lackey assists in adding another run by walking Ryan Rua and Nomar Mazara. Chirinos’s double to left brings in Rua for the third run of the game for the Rangers putting them up by 2.
Lackey is able to hold the Rangers up until the eighth inning when he gives up a leadoff home run to Ian Desmond but is able to end the inning completing eight innings giving up 4 runs on 6 hits but strikes out 8. I would say a pretty typical outing for Lackey but without the run support. Clayton Richard enters game preserving the game for Lackey and the Cubs.
Cole Hamels combats Lackey with eight full innings but only gives up only one run but strikes out seven. Sam Dyson enters the game for the Rangers to hold the game for the Rangers and receives his 19th save of the year. The Cubs took the series, everyone wants a sweep but this is still a positive weekend for the Cubs.
Go Cubs Go!
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